On Tuesday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected its new leader, John Bailey. The 74-year-old cinematographer and film director will be the 36th president of such a prestigious organization for a one-year term. AMPAS has the wonderful responsibility of organizing the annual Oscar awards event to recognize excellence in filmmaking.
The President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Has Ceremonial Responsibilities
The AMPAS board that features world renowned members such as Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg held a meeting this week to appoint their new director. The majority chose director Mr. Bailey. The cinematographer created a spellbinding career through notorious titles like “Groundhog Day” in 1993, “Ordinary People” in 1980 or “How to Be a Latin Lover” in 2017.
The last director Cheryl Boone Isaacs couldn’t participate for a re-election. She has renewed the maximum one-year term for four times. Ms. Boone Isaacs, who turns 68 this year, has also stepped down from the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.
Most of the tasks of an Academy president have ceremonial nature. There is no remuneration, yet the position offers great honor within the cinematography world. Therefore, the responsibilities befall in the hands of the chief executive who is Dawn Hudson. He has just renewed his work contract with the Academy for another three years.
Mr. Bailey Will Have to Offer a Clear View on the Organization’s Stand Regarding Race and Gender Topics
Nonetheless, Mr. Bailey will have to act as the face of the prestigious organization and be present for numerous events. For instance, the institution needs him to voice out its core morals regarding two sensitive topics, namely race, and gender. Most people avoid tackling such subjects as the entertainment industry shows signs of having biased views in this domain throughout its history.
Ms. Boone Isaacs has already started initiatives within the Academy to bring women at the same level of men. She vouched to increase the membership of the organization with double the women there are now by 2020. Despite her efforts, the board of the Academy is 87% white and 72% male which still makes it a white man’s world.
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